Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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After watching Louise Nelson's CJS 2013 video, I decided to explore crackle medium in this art journal spread. I had a little bottle of Decor Art One Step Crackle (from the dollar store) in my stash so I pulled it out and put it over the woman and let it dry for a couple of hours. I then added a watered down wash of white gesso, and as you can see in the close up, the cracks are quite evident.  As an afterthought  I added the crackle medium to the pendants at the top of the page, but this time I used a heat gun to dry them.  That seemed to be a mistake, since they really didn't crack much and when I applied a watered down black gesso it had almost no effect.  Live and learn...

12 comments:

  1. it depends of temperature - of you use hair fan (temperature is lower) - you may have cracles, but smaller than those without using drying device

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    1. Thanks Kliaksa. That's great information. I'll experiment and see what I get, but for the most part I guess I'm best to be patient and just wait for it to air dry if I can.

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    2. Linda, I agree - patience is always good )) But if you want cracles of different size - you may play with the temperature&time of drying

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    3. Yes, good point. I also want to experiment with some different crackle mediums as I understand they give different effects too. My favourite look is the old cracked porcelain look.

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    4. like the one you got here?
      Linda, you are from Canada, right? What is the time difference with GMT? Looks like you are the early bird :)

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    5. It's a four hour difference right now I think because we've just switched to Daylight Savings Time. It's 10:39 am here as I write this.

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    6. o, I see... and it proves my knowledge of NA geography is not very good. Thank you Linda and I'm sorry I took some of your time, have a good day! Greetings from Ukraine, Helen

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    7. Don't be silly Helen. I enjoyed the chat. Have a great day!

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  2. Thank you Linda! I have finally found a use for the forlorn bottle of crackle medium I've had in my paint drawer for ages. I didn't really know how to use it, but layering the gesso over the top is so effective. Wonderful inspiration :)

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    1. Wonderful! So glad to have inspired you to get it out and use it! Have fun!

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  3. Linda; it also depends how much of the crackle medium you use. Heavier layer = more crackles.
    The porcelain crackle especially works this way :-)

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